Master Media and Global Communication (MGC)

University of Helsinki

Application deadline: January 31
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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The International Masters Degree Programme in Media and Global Communication (MGC) is offered by the Department of Social Research / Media and Communication Studies at Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. The programme is supported by the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation.

The MGC programme is designed to give you an understanding of the theories of media, globalisation, and communication. You will learn the analytical approaches and methods of undertaking empirical research with a focus on media structures, policies, new communication technologies as well as journalistic practices in a global context.

You will be trained fully in English to become a media professional and to understand and analyse the new challenges globalisation presents to media industries and to journalism. The expert teaching staff of MGC will train and tutor you in a high standard learning environment.

Over the last decades the media as a business sector and journalism as a profession, as well as the audiences have become more and more international due to globalization. The media sector needs internationally competent employees on all levels including the management level. There is a need for expert journalists to report on international issues. In the academic spheres, too, the focus shifts from national media phenomena to more global and international arenas. The communications technologies as an infrastructure has made convergence possible between previously separate areas of broadcasting, print, and telecommunications. This convergence brings forward new types of connectivity, content and the circulation of mediated products that create new social imaginaries.

The aim of this Master's programme is to study the dynamics of Globalization within the field of media and communication. The students will be encouraged to do research on the outcome of these processes and changes reflected in societies in the shape of political, economic, social and cultural activities.


The master's programme Media and Global Communication is a full-time two years programme. The programme fulfils the requirements of a 120 ECTS (European Transfer Credit System) master's degree in social sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

  • Advanced studies in communication 92 - 94 ECTS
  • Electives and other studies 24 -26 -28 ECTS
  • Complementary studies (If necessary) 5 - 15 ECTS

Communication Research Centre (CRC) was established in late 2002 as a special unit within the Department of Communication at the University of Helsinki. The main tasks of CRC are to promote high academic standards in all areas of research and to bring support to the basic research activities of the Department. CRC offers private and public sector organisations research and training services based on academic knowledge and critical research.


The Graduate admission is meant for applicants who have already finished or are about to finish a Bachelor's Degree or a Master's degree in a university. The nationality of the applicant is irrelevant. Applicants can apply in graduate admission, regardless of whether they are Finnish, EU or non-EU nationals

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92


The University of Helsinki is giving about 50 start-up grants to qualified students who are accepted to study in an International Master's Degree Programme. The amount of each grant will be 1000-1500 euro. The grants are not meant to cover living expenses, but we hope that the little extra money helps our new students to settle in Helsinki.

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